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"Is that why you brought me here?"

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"Yes - you seemed to be dying, and to die near one's mother is sacred. And... Now that you live - surely the Goddess must have a purpose for you; one I hope is related to... Recent events."

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"You mean the attack?"

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"And everything that has happened since."

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"What else is there?"

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"...Quite a lot, child. The war party we sent after the killers was ambushed - the killers controlled machines that had gone mad with fury - and many were slain. Dangerous machines, dripping red with evil, have been reported throughout the Sacred Lands, more all the time. Our borders are unpatrolled, and I fear this is just the start of it all."

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"Well that's terrifying," Aloy mutters.

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"It is a matter of great concern to us."

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"So maybe we should be out there instead of in here?"

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"I was hoping you'd have an idea of what All-Mother intended for you."

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"Why would I know that? I was never allowed even close to here before." What, bitter? Her?

Yeah. Maybe a little. She takes a few steps closer to the big door.

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- And as she steps up on the dais, a red light sparks at top of the engraved pyramid, and a calm, feminine voice calls out, "Hold for IdentiScan." (Behind her, Teersa calls out 'The Goddess speaks!' and falls to her knees.)

And then the red light sweeps down Aloy's body, as flickering holograms fill the air - the face of a woman who looks like her, though with short hair and an older, tired face - two glowing pink lines twisting around each other, clusters like flowers along their lengths connected in pairs by bars, and a number that rapidly increases - 58.29% - 67.12% - 84.76% - it stabilizes at 99.47% - the red light running over her body fades away - 

And then the voice says: "Error. Alpha Registry corrupted. Identity cannot be confirmed. Entry denied."

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Alpha Registry? What's that? And why is entry denied? She was so close!

"Hey, no, come back. Try again!"

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"Error. Alpha Registry corrupted. Identity cannot be confirmed. Entry denied," the voice repeats - and then the red glow fades entirely.

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Grr dammit!

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Teersa slowly rises to her feet. "All-Mother spoke to you Aloy, as if she knew you..."

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"But the... registry is corrupted."

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"To heal that corruption must be your purpose! And then All-Mother will see you clearly."

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"I... guess?"

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"Though at this time I cannot say where to start - has the goddess given you any visions?"

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"No, but..." Let's see if her Focus turns up anything on a scan.

Oh, and she's got that other Focus, might as well take a look at that too.

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Her focus reports that the door is a sealed door, which certainly is very helpful.

As for the Focus: she has to get past a firewall at first, then sort through the files - but the most recent is fairly easy to find. 

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And a holograph of the man who cut her throat appears before her. 

"All Commanders: halt excavations and proceed at once to the mission point. Avoid all contact with Nora savages - but if you are seen, kill every witness. Target imaging attached. Do not fail."

The 'target imaging' seems to be a map of the area, with red flags at the ambush site - along with a recording of Aloy herself from the night before, when she was speaking to Olin - 

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And a recording of a woman appears beside her. She looks just like the woman in the door's recording; an older version of Aloy, in strange clothes with shorter hair. It's the same vibrant red as Aloy's, plus or minus a few silvery hairs. The same twisted lines graphic appears between them, the same counting up of numbers. 

And it's not a still recording. She steps up and says, "Then make it quick. I'm heading in."

The same even voice as on the door tells her to "Hold for IdentiScan."

And there's a flicker before the woman says, "You need to stop listening to Ted and start listening to me."

She freezes in place then, the recording paused, as the number under the double helix settles at that same 99.47%, and bright, glowing pink letters read out TERMINATE.

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Okay that looks more like someone her mother could be.

"The attackers, they were here to kill me. Olin sent my face to them somehow, and they thought I was- someone else."

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